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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


Bismarck Sea

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 21, 1945
Kamikaze attacks at Iwo Jima
Bismarck Sea provided air support during the Iwo Jima Invasion. ... On Feburary 21, at 1845 she was attacked by two Japanese Kamikaze which started an uncontrolled fire. This set off some of the ammunition which Bismarck Sea carried. Exploding ammunition halted attempts to save the ship and Bismark Sea rolled-over and sank in 90 minutes. ... The lives of 318 men were lost during this action.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 321

Name Service Branchsort descending
FC 3c Leo Ballenger USN
Ck 2c R. Bolden USN
SC 2c Mike Cerasa USN
Sea 1c Alvin Cunningham USN
AM 2c Clifford Schneider USN
Cox Ernest Perot USN
Sea 1c Wesley Morris USN
StM 1c Clyde Walker USN
Sea 1c Rayford Stephens USN
Y 1 Joseph Howard USN
Sea 2c Michael Kopfer USN
Sea 2c Robert Lietzau USN
RM 2c Richard Mccambridge USN
R Elec John Datko USN
Sea 2c William Freeman USN
SPM 3c James Fink USN
EM 2c Raymond Handley USN
Sea 1c Frank Grech USN
Sea 1c Russell Mcmorris USN
AM 1c Gerald Wetzel USN


Prepared by CAPT R.O. Strange USN (Ret.)